WHEN FAILURE TO ACT IS A MURDER

Impunity for all forms of gender-based violence gives rise to distrust in institutions, and encourages the repeat of violence and its culmination in femicide. “A state that does not act is a state that kills” is one of the slogans that can be heard during the March 8 protest marches in the capital, Skopje, for …

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SENSATIONAL HEADLINES BREED HATE SPEECH

Regardless of whether they post from their personal or fake profiles on social media, Macedonians, can be described as being very “eloquent” when it comes to spreading hate speech. Hate speech is not unknown to users of social media in Macedonia. On the contrary – when it comes to a stereotypical or political topic, the …

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Monthly monitoring highlights: Homophobia and ethnic intolerance during December

Throughout the month of December, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful discourse. There has been a rise in homophobia and ethnic discrimination in the region. Homophobia in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo   The release of the animated children’s movie, Strange World by Disney has sparked much controversy within the …

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TROLL OF THE MONTH: Albin Kurti and Vjosa Osmani

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. This month another femicide happened in Kosovo, the second one …

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TROLL OF THE MONTH – SELECTION CRITERIA

The goal of the Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 monitoring is to identify and document the most significant cases (‘incidents’) of hate speech and divisive discourses in the Western Balkans media. Incidents are defined by the speaker regardless of where they occurred, but monitoring refers to their media coverage. They can originate in the Parliament, party …

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MEDIA MONITORING REPORTS: Hate speech in the Balkans mainly targets ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation

According to the media monitoring reports produced within the Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 project, three categories were identified as the main target of hate speech: ethnicity, gender identity and sexuality. These three categories which were the result of monitoring 465 single incidents across the region, make up more than fifty percent of cases (53,13%). Within …

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THE INVISIBLE WOMEN

Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women are among the most vulnerable groups in our society and, historically, they have been treated as citizens of the lowest order. They face contempt, hostility and social and institutional discrimination on a daily basis. This research carried out by QIKA scrutinizes the inter-sectoral nature of challenges which women of these …

WE ARE FED MISINFORMATION DAILY

IN ADDITION TO THE MEDIA, THE GOVERNMEENT IS A SOURCE OF DISINFORMATION IN ALBANIA Disinformation has become something we are fed daily. It’s something individuals and web portals serve us in exchange for clicks and views. It is enough to log onto Facebook, Instagram or TikTok — the channels with the most public engagement in …

Monthly Monitoring Highlight: Discrimination and hate in the Western Balkans media throughout November  

Throughout the month of November, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month we have identified religious discrimination, sexism, anti-migrant rhetoric, and homophobia in the region.   Religious discrimination in Montenegro   The former president of the Municipal Assembly of Petnjica, Adnan Muhović, has made derogatory comments in reference to …

SERBIA’S EUROPRIDE DEBACLE HIGHLIGHTS MEDIA BIAS   

September was a turbulent month for Serbia. Belgrade was due to host 2022’s EuroPride, a pan-European event that takes place every year in a different European city. But following weeks of turmoil and media debates, the country’s Interior Minister announced the sudden cancelation of the EuroPride march citing ‘security concerns’. Then, despite the government’s ban, …